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Different Shades of Jawahar Kala Kendra

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Most people are familiar with the proud center of art & crafts and in fact a lot more than that with Jawahar Kala Kendra aka JKK in Jaipur. Like the rest of Jaipur’ wisely chalked out architecture and planning,  JKK boasts of an architecture that spellbinds a beholder at just one glance. No doubt, when the place is so unique and the location is worth shooting it is common to capture the same by one and all using own artistic spin.

JKK EntranceHistory of Jawahar Kala Kendra

Dedicated to India’s first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru, Jawahra Kala Kendra is truly metaphoric to the city of Jaipur i.e. an astonishing synthesis of past and future. A contemporary building based on an archaic notion of the Cosmos; the very same Navgaraha mandala, with one of the squares moved aside and beautiful murals inside, based on cosmology.

IMG_0035 copyJKK was built by Rajasthan Government with the plan prepared by the renowned architect Charles Correa in 1986. The building was ready in 1991 and of course, the plan was inspired by the original city plan of Jaipur, consisting of nine squares with central square left open.

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This multi-arts center has been created  with the purpose of preserving Rajasthani arts and crafts and it was in 1993 that JKK was open to the cultural connoisseurs. 

IMG_9932 copyBuilt by Rajasthan government with the purpose of preserving Rajasthani arts and crafts, JKK adapts and applies concepts from ancient architectural principles called the Vastu Vidya.

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The main building contains six exhibition galleries, open air theatre, auditoriums, dormitories, and coffee house.

IMG_0135 copyEach section of the building resembles the characteristics of the respective planet; for instance, the library is located in the Jupiter section, which attributes to knowledge and wisdom.

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The murals from the Jain mythology, the charts and paintings on the ceiling of the central dome formulate the exceptional nature of JKK.

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However, while preserving the cultural heritage and art of the state, JKK saw age catching up as far as maintenance of its building was concerned. Hence, it was revived and refurbished in 2016.

IMG_0700 copyWith the new lighting and the red sandstone could once again be seen shining clean and attractive enough to draw towards it a swarm of tourists, history lovers, local residents and art aficionados.

IMG_0079 copyRight from the entrance till the exit, every corner, center and even the smallest parts of Jawahar Kala Kendra either tell or make a story.

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The building is designed with walls bearing paintings, murals, all of them based on astronomy and cosmology, but there are some which also give an honest tribute to art and theatre.

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One of the oldest and most iconic coffee houses of Jaipur – Indian Coffee House, houses in its newly revamped look an admirable mural of Ebrahim Alkazi – a living legend who is one of the most influential Indian theatre directors and drama teachers belonging to 20th-century Indian theatre. 

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The Coffee House in the lunar section portrays the less revealed aspects of Indian astronomy through the paintings and creativity shown here; even on the coffee – tables. Every table depicts a different phase of Moon as seen in a painting at the coffee house.

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Adjoining the main building of JKK, a rural complex housed in it 9.5 acre complex known as Shilpgram is the venue for fairs, haat bazaars and festivals.

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Let’s take a walk through this ultimate hub of arts and crafts through this video-

It’s not just literary big leagues; art and culture with heritage backdrop will jazz up the JLF sessions

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Jaipur Literature Festival 2016

As we are already excited about the Jaipur Literature Festival, which will host some of the most renowned literary heavyweights, an announcement on Friday about two “Heritage Evenings” is all set to raise the bar of the event to a new level. Rajasthan Tourism has collaborated with the Literature Festival this year to showcase poetry and music against the backdrop of two of Jaipur’s heritage monuments — the Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal on January 20 and 21.

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Replicating an “East meets West” scenario, the celebrated American poet Anne Waldman and polular Bollywood lyricist Swanand Kirkire will mesmerize visitors with their readings in a session named “Rhythm and Rhyme.” This evening of poetry readings will be held at Amber Fort on January 20 and will bring voices from two sides of the globe, followed by a sarod Recital by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, a recipient of the Padma Vibhushan,  India’s second highest civilian honour.

“Mujre Se Multiplex Tak,” will take the audience on a journey through the magical realm of entertainment at Hawa Mahal on the following evening.

Writer and musician Vidya Shah will reflect on these changes through song while actor Luke Kenny punctuates them with poignant poetry and quirky banter.

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“With the support of Rajasthan Tourism, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival will celebrate the wonderful cultural and architectural heritage of the city of Jaipur through the Festival’s Heritage Evenings!  The exclusively curate evenings will offer an experience that uniquely places cultural performances within the context of the city’s built heritage and allows audiences to engage with these significant places in a new dimension.

This year’s list of speakers at the lit fest sees a host of Man Booker winners and nominees check out whom to listen in our next blog!

Rajasthan has its own Madame Tussauds moment; Wax Museum inaugurated in Nahargarh Fort-Jaipur

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A beautiful feather has been added to Rajasthan tourism with the inauguration of wax museum and unveiling of the statue of Bollywood’s legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan.

The Jaipur Wax Museum, which has wax sculptures of around 25 personalities, was opened on Saturday at the Nahargarh Fort, which overlooks the Pink City.

Bollywood actor Govinda, who was accompanied by his wife Sunita Ahuja inaugurated the museum and unveiled the statue of mega star Amitabh Bachchan.

 

Kudos to the makers and operating team at the museum that they could make it happen, because it is tough task to maintain the wax temperature as it might melt due to scorching heat in Rajasthan.

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Since the museum is open for all, people of the Pink City and tourists would get to see the sculpture of the famous celebrities, leaders, personalities from history and great warriors like Maharana Pratap and Sawai Jai Singh here.

 

Jaipur Art Summit showcases Message in the Puppets

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Weaving the magic of art and colors Jaipur Art Summit began with a fresh wave as a delight for every art connoisseur. On a crisp winter afternoon, one need not walk around the unwinding streets of city to see the colors anymore but simply step inside the famous Ravindra Manch, at Ramniwas garden Jaipur, and witness a palette of colors which is being displayed on various formats like canvas, visual and digital art, art installations, sculptures and other contemporary and folk-centric expressions by national and international artists.

As you enter the gate, there stands a big canvas where every one is free to float in the spirit of art. Though every art piece is worth a mention but here we are talking about the one that caught everyone’s attention. A tree in the center garden with one huge puppet and dozens of other puppets (Kathputli) hanging on it. Made from wood and dressed in colorful and intricate native attires, decorated with bindi, borla, necklace, bajuband, bangles, embellished with gotta each and every puppet (Kathputli) stands out.

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The sight is so beautiful that for some time you will mistake it for a beautiful paradise of another world. As we stopped and looked they were just not puppets that we usually witness on any Jaipur street and are normally sold as a celebrated art form of Rajasthan.

But there lies a story attached to each puppet, the story of every woman, who is empowered. As soon as you notice one name, you will be more inclined to read all- Miss Universe Sushmita Sen, Mary Com, Kalpana Chawala and many alike who have made their place in this man’s world. Each puppet depicting the role of woman in our society, her abilities, her presence, her individuality, her dedication and sacrifice.

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Such a captivating artwork must have come out by some famous experienced artists. Well, this is what we thought exactly. But we were utterly surprised to meet these young and budding Artists Vrinda Haldia from Jaipur and Uma Kant Meena from a small town of Bundi.

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And this is what the two artists had to say about their art work-

“We have conceived this idea to reveal the multifaceted roles of women in front of the society-said Vrinda. She added further- The use of latest tech gadgets (iPhone, laptop etc as props with puppets signifies the power of women and how easy it is for her to handle each sphere in a dignified way besides handling the household chores, (while pointing towards one puppet with a rolling pin)

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“ As I belong to this small town of Rajasthan – Bundi, I have seen women of my family doing nothing except household work. They did not go to school and are not allowed to work outside their home. As I moved to big city I have seen how the women roles here are different from the one at my village. Here girls are doing everything, going to school, working, they are doing business, some are entrepreneurs, they are not shy like village girls, they are free to do things of their choice. This multifaceted face of today’s city women inspired me to experiment the same concept so as to bridge the gap between a village and a city girl”- said Uma Kant Meena

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This 5-day festival promises an experience like never before and tops the wish-list of passionate artists and art-lovers. So, get ready to soak in the colorful, warm and festive spirit of the city during the ongoing art festival!

For more info about the festival, follow

https://www.facebook.com/jaipurartsummit/

8 beautiful places in Jaipur to witness Diwali lighting

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Diwali is just 2 days away and we know you are busy with cleaning, shopping, getting houses renovated/painted, or organizing Diwali parties😉 In this busy schedule of yours, pause for a second and think what makes Diwali so special. New clothes, a nip in the air, the faint smell of crackers, noise and excitement all around, and …lights !! We all light up our houses on Diwali in different ways, but every city has its own way of lighting itself up every year. Among all these cities, Jaipur shines in a way that it feels like it’s truly welcoming Lord Rama after his 14 years of exile and dancing in joy and festivity. So let’s look at few places in Jaipur that you must not miss to see this Diwali🙂

  1. Johri Bazaar
    Johri bazaar, the market that is famous all over the world for its scintillating jewellery, especially made and found in Jaipur, is seen gleaming with lights on Diwali.c360_2016-10-27-22-10-42-888
  2. World Trade ParkNot a newbie anymore, World Trade Park stands as one of the most posh places in Jaipur to shop, eat, watch movies, hang out and what not. However, it comes as no surprise that WTP wraps itself in the spirits of Diwali in its own elite and glittering way.wtp
  3. Trimurti CircleThe circle dedicated to the martyrs of police force, is decorated subtly with flowers and is not to be missed as it is one of the most famous landmarks of pink city.trimurti-circle
  4. Motisons JewellersHaving one of the fanciest buildings in Jaipur, Motisons Jewellers leave no stone unturned when it comes to the festival of lights. Just like their gorgeous jewellery and interesting building, their Diwali lighting also stands out and makes a lot of heads turn !motisons
  5. Amer fortAlthough Amer fort is well lit all year round and stands as a symbol of pride and history in Jaipur, it oozes a different level of aura altogether on Diwali with its yellow sandstone shining brighter and looking like a golden castle in pink city.amer

    6. Raja ParkAn always crowded area of Jaipur, because of its versatility as it has the power to provide anything to a person ranging from a basic panipuri to a perfect wedding dress, Raja Park gives the feel of a beaming street lit on the festival of Diwali.

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    7. Albert Hall Museum

    The State museum of Rajasthan is lit in all the colors that one can only wish to see in a rainbow and even the pigeons that love to rest here are compelled to sit down and admire this exquisite architecture.

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    8. GT Bazaar

    The gem of Malviya Nagar for all the foodies and shopaholics, GT Bazaar is lit up and glowing like a thousand stars are falling from the sky to bless the earth this Diwali.

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    So keep all things aside, and take out some time to soak into the actual essence of Diwali – the festival of lights🙂

Monochrome Dreams. Colourful Reality- a Photo-Art exhibition at MOOL Foundation, Jaipur

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Monochrome Dreams.  Colourful Reality-  a Photo-Art exhibition by Rajan Bhatt and Gaurav Hajela Photography is scheduled for October 21st and 22nd, 2016 at MOOL Foundation, Bajaj Nagar, Jaipur. 10.00 am- 05.00 pm

Monochrome represents simplicity; probably that is why we dream in black & white. After all, dreams represent our simplest desires. While our reality stands for what is worldly, a complex structure of colours and actions.

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Who we are is a combination of dream and reality of colours and black & white.  Monochrome Dreams Colourful Reality- an exhibition of various photographs is a celebration of who we are, a look at our lives through a lens captured in different shades.

After losing yourself in the juxtaposition of monochrome and colours at the Photo art exhibition, get ready to extend for an evening filled with laughter at the ‘Funsum Three’sum’ ! Three amazing, sharp and funniest stand up comedians are also coming to MOOL Foundation from 6:30 p.m onward to tickle your funny bones and make you want to roll on the floor laughing on 21st October’16 .

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So save your dates for the Photo art exhibition followed by the laughter show in the evening of 21st 😉

Soak yourself in the upcoming festivities of Navratri in Rajasthan!

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Navratri is a festival devoted to the worship of Goddess Durga. The word ‘Navratri’ literally means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit; Nav – Nine and Ratri – nights. And hence the merriment takes place for 9 days. All through the nine nights and ten days, various forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped.

This year, Navratri is commencing from October 1st and will end on 10th. On the 11th day Dusshera will be observed to celebrate the victory over evil.

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Each of the 9 days starts with first seeking blessings from the goddess and then moving on to celebration. The state is lit up during this time with everybody gushing with energy throughout. People get dressed in colorful attires and participate in Garba folk dance and Dandiya-Raas in which people match their steps to the rhythm of music and dance using dandiya (wooden sticks) with their partners.

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Navratri festival does bring people closer to each other and soak everyone in its joyous colors! This festival is especially popular among tourists because it gives them an opportunity to get closer to the rich culture of Rajasthan.

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So, now that the festival is this close, get ready to participate this year in the enthusiastic and vibrant festival of Navratri!